“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Sauces „
Tesco Thai Green Curry paste comes in a 220g jar and currently costs £1.29 available on Tesco.com and in store.
I love thai curries and decided to give this paste a go when I noticed it was a bit cheaper than some of the other brands.
This curry paste is really easy to use. You simply stir fry it for a few minutes, then add your meat/fish/vegetables and cook them in the paste. You then add a tin of coconut milk and bring to the boil, then simmer for around 15 minutes until the sauce thickens to the desired consistency. The curry is then ready to eat.
I like to make this as either a chicken or a prawn curry and I usually add onions, baby corn and sugar snap peas. I serve it with basmati rice and naan bread.
I find this paste to be quite mild, which is great as it is suitable for all the family. You can make it spicier by chopping some green chillis during cooking.
The paste makes a really tasty meal and tastes of authentic thai green curry. While some will argue that it is not as nice as making your own green curry paste, I personally think the convenience of this outweights any slight difference in taste.
I will probably continue to buy this paste regularly and think it is great value for money. Thanks Tesco!
Several years ago, swept along by the Thai Curry hype, I ate my first and until now, only green curry in a restaurant , but found it really bland and left me wondering what all the fuss was about. Wondering if I had just had a badly executed version, I tried again with a red curry more recently and although that fared marginally better, it still left me underwhelmed if I'm being honest.
My other half however really likes them so, being a keen cook, I gave it a try one weeknight, figuring it was at least something different to do with chicken breasts to my usual Indian curry or a stir fry.
I was out of my comfort zone and didn't know where to start, so I looked up a few recipes online, and went to Tesco's for the ingredients. I chose their own brand Thai green curry paste, which cost £1.17 for a 220g jar. I also bought a can of coconut milk, some fresh limes and fresh coriander.
The paste is suitable for vegetarians and the label displays 2 chillies indicating it is of medium heat.
Nutritionally per 100g it contains 115 kcals, 7.9g fat and 8.7g carbs which isn't too bad (but don't forget the diet busting coconut milk - yes even the reduced fat version!)
As per my online recipes and the instructions on the side of the jar, I started by cubing the chicken breasts and browning in a little oil. When I opened the jar I was struck by a strong whiff of garlic which is never a good thing in my book, but that's just down to personal taste.
The colour was a dark green / yellow colour which looked appetising enough - being used to seeing pale green curries, this surprised me but I thought the intensity of the colour would reduce upon adding the coconut milk.
Adding a couple of tablespoons of paste to the chicken, I mixed it in and then stirred in my coconut milk and the zest of a fresh lime (this replaced the lemongrass as I couldn't find any but was assured it was a suitable replacement).
The mixture bubbling away still looked totally different to other green curries I have seen in the past, as I mentioned before they are usually quite pale in colour almost a mint green. My version was still really dark! Ho hum....
I served it with jasmine rice and some fresh chopped coriander to garnish.
Soooo salty!! I didn't add any seasoning at all whilst prepping this but it was so salty I found it hard to eat. And I am someone who adds a lot of salt to my food usually so I think that's an indication of how salty it was that even I struggled!
I checked the label and it contained 2.2g sodium which was equivalent to 5.4g salt per 100g of paste. Now I know my cals / fat quite well but have no clue about salt - is that a lot???
Aside from the salt, it was okay but tasted a bit like a korma to me and a very garlicky one at that. I'm not sure if it's just the Tesco paste that's not great and other brands do it better but either way, it hasn't changed my mind about green curries - I don't think I'm a convert.
I would be interested to hear comments from green curry connoisseurs who have tried this to see what they think in comparison to other brands - feel free to leave your comments!!
Thanks for reading
(also posted on ciao as ciaomiaow)
Although I've been eating green Thai curry for years, my boyfriend had never tried it until recently. Now, he can't get enough of it, and I find myself making it regularly!
When I started making it at home, I wasn't really sure how I'd go about making it from scratch, so I started buying jars of ready made green Thai curry sauce. I came across Tesco's green Thai curry paste and read the instructions, and decided to try making it myself. Since then, it has proved a big hit, and being so quick and easy to use means it's become a regular in our cupboard!
The instructions on the side of the jar are simple, but are easy to follow. The curry isn't an expensive one to make, as a simple curry requires your chosen meat and/or vegetables, green Thai curry paste, and a tin of coconut milk (which is cheap as it only seems to cost around 40-60p).
\we usually use onions, peppers, and chicken breast, but it is a fantastic way to use up leftover chicken from a Sunday roast!
When made, you'll find that it isn't a thick and heavy curry, but is a very delicious one. It isn't too strong, and is mild, but yet doesn't taste bland.
We usually serve it with rice and naan bread, even though naan bread is usually left to indian curries.
Please note this is a review for Tesco's Thai Green Curry Sauce and NOT the paste as shown in the picture/product description. Unfortunately Dooyoo can't use the correct picture, so I'll try to describe the packaging as best I can:
It comes in a glass jar with a black lid. The label is black with a picture of the curry and a silhouette of some bamboo in green. The word 'Tesco' appears in yellow, with the words 'Cooking Sauce' below that in white and then 'Green Thai' in yellow lettering. Beneath these words there is a small icon of a chilli with the word mild and the nutritional information. The sauce itself is very pale in colour, almost white, as it contains coconut milk, as it is a ready-made Thai Curry sauce (and not a paste as the picture shows).
My fiancé and I like to make Thai Curry and we usually make it using red Thai paste and a tin of coconut milk. However, his mum bought us this ready-made Thai green sauce as she thought we might like it. We don't ever make green curry, as I can't stand coriander. I find the taste so repulsive that it's like putting petrol in my mouth (I haven't done this of course, as I'm not mental). So as soon as I read the ingredients and saw that it contained coriander leaf, I put the jar straight into the cupboard, hoping that it would be pushed to the back and forgotten about, until the best before date had well and truly expired.
But we used this curry sauce tonight as we had a craving for Thai and we'd run out of coconut milk. The cooking directions are very simple. Just fry your meat and vegetables until cooked and then add the sauce and simmer until heated through.
As I cooked my chicken and vegetables I was really worried that all that time I'd spent chopping would be wasted as soon as I poured on this sauce, which contained noticeable pieces of the dreaded green herb. The consistency of the sauce was nice and thick, which is good as that's how we like our curry. The colour of the sauce is quite anaemic, but that didn't put me off.
As my curry was simmering away, my initial thoughts were "Ooo this smells quite nice". The sauce contains integral ingredients of a proper Thai curry; such as lemon grass, galangal and Kaffir lime leaf, and the aroma wafting from the pan smelt very authentic.
When I dished it up over a bed of jasmine rice it looked pretty appetising, however the moment of truth came in the tasting. I'm pleased to say that I was very pleasantly surprised. There was absolutely no taste of coriander! For me that is absolutely brilliant, but obviously if you like coriander, then this is most probably a shortfall in the flavour stakes.
On the jar it states this curry is mild and that is definitely true. Green chilli is quite far down on the ingredients list, so there is barely a hint of heat. The sauce was nice and creamy and covered the meat and vegetables nicely. Overall the flavour of the sauce was pretty bland, which is a shame as the smell of it promised such great things. I read the jar a bit more carefully and it says it is 'Thai Style green curry sauce with coconut' and the words that jumped out at me is 'Thai Style' which suggests a watered down version of the real thing.
Even though I didn't hate this sauce I wouldn't want to use it again. For us it just wasn't spicy enough and so we will go back to using red Thai paste.
This 320g jar says it serves 3 people, but I think that would be 3 people on a restricted diet, as my fiancé and I consumed all of it quite easily!
It costs 97p from Tescos.
Allergy Advice: Contains Milk, Wheat, Gluten, Soya & Celery
Recipe: No nuts.
Ingredients: Cannot guarantee nut free.
Storage: Store in a cool dry place. Once opened, keep refrigerated and consume within 3 days and by date shown
Not Suitable for Microwave Cooking
Not Suitable for Home Freezing
Calories: 120kcal, 6% of your GDA
Sugar: 4.1g, 5% of your GDA
Fat: 9.3g, 13% of your GDA
Saturates: 7.6g, 38% of your GDA
Salt: 0.9g, 15%
Water, Coconut Milk (24%), Coconut (4.5%), Sugar, Green Thai Curry Paste (2.5%), Modified Maize Starch, Cream, Onion, Soy Sauce, Acidity Regulator (Lactic Acid), Lime Leaf, Salt, Ginger Purée, Garlic Purée, Lemon Grass, Tamarind Concentrate, Coriander Leaf, Onion Extract, Carrot Extract, Natural Flavouring, Capsicum Extract, Celery Extract, Leek Extract, Maltodextrin, Colour (Turmeric Extract).
Coconut Milk contains: Coconut Milk Extract, Water.
Green Thai Curry Paste contains: Coriander, Vegetable Oil, Garlic, Lemon Grass, Shallot, Galangal, Water, Wild Ginger, Green Chilli, Salt, Sugar, Kaffir Lime Leaf, Thai Basil, Turmeric, Cumin, Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid).
Soy Sauce contains: Water, Salt, Sugar, Wheat, Soya Bean, Acetic Acid.